Friendly foes follow in footsteps of American power families

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 in News

Flying Jayhawks passengers in Maine
In late August a group of 20 Jayhawks; six Rebels from Ole Miss; two Michigan State Spartans; and a lone Wisconsin Badger embarked on a trip through coastal Maine and New Brunswick, retracing the steps of some of the wealthiest families in United States history—the Astors, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Morgans, to name a few.

The trip began in Bar Harbor, Maine—a lovely summer retreat for many and the hub of the state’s lobster industry. I highly recommend a ride on Lulu’s Lobster boat with Captain John. Bar Harbor is also home to Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard.

From Bar Harbor, we traveled north to Campobello Island, where the Roosevelt family spent most of their summers. We were lucky enough to stay in the cottages at Campobello International Park, or, as our travelers referred to it, “adult summer camp”. We spent the next few days exploring the island and learning about the Roosevelt family’s time here. The highlight of the trip was a whale watching excursion.

When our time at Campobello Island ended, we drove back into Maine to go to mainland New Brunswick. Our last stop St. Andrews by-the-Sea, the seaside town begun by British Loyalists after the Revolutionary War. It is the quintessential summer getaway town—a slow pace of life, water front views, a great downtown on the water, plenty to eat and great watering holes.

After the trip our group understood why all the power families of the past loved this area. We also enjoyed our fair share of anything with fresh blueberries, and developed new understanding of the sayings “you can’t get there from here;” “heading down east;” and “as a crow flies”.

See more pictures from the Coastal Maine and New Brunswick trip on Flickr

—Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, hosted the Coastal Maine and New Brunswick trip in early September, 2015. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks program, including the 2016 schedule, visit

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